Top 5 Best Apps for Weight Loss and Fitness

According to research conducted by Northwestern University, using a fitness and weight loss app to help you with your goals helped more people to lose weight and keep it off for more than a year, in contrast with those who did not use the app, and did not lose weight. So we thought we’d test a few apps and give you our top 5 recommended apps for weight loss and fitness.

1. Gymaholic 2.4

The best thing about this app is the photo based body transformation video! You can take daily pictures and create a movie of your transformation which helps to keep you motivated. It has 202 preloaded exercises and workouts, and advertises classes within the community. The multi-lingual community of Gymaholic means you can download workouts in a variety of languages.

If you want to get fit and stay fit, this is the app for you. Try it for free or upgrade to the Pro account for $2.99.


 

2. My Fitness Pal

This app lets you scan the barcode of the food you are about to eat to get the exact nutritional information and calorie count so you can keep on top of your weight loss goals. What I love about this app is that you can effectively eat anything you like as long as you do enough exercise first. I often find myself wanting pizza, so I will add it to MyFitnessPal (before I eat it) and see how many calories I go over my daily amount by, then I simply keep adding exercises – 30 minute walk, etc until my calories are below my goal, then I can eat the pizza.

You can add your own saved recipes too. There’s also a community aspect where you can see what your friends have been doing. This helps to keep me motivated too. It’s a great app for keeping a free and easy to use food journal to keep on top of your diet. And surprisingly it’s completely FREE!


 

3. Charity Miles

This is a great app to do more than just keep fit, because it also raises money for charities while running, biking or walking. Just open the app and hit the streets. The app tracks your distance and your charity earns money. You then share your commitment to the cause by sharing your status and raising more awareness.

It gives you a bit more motivation that you know you’ll be sharing how far you’ve run publicly, and you push yourself to work harder to earn extra money for your chosen charity (and it won’t cost you a cent). It’s a great idea, and a brilliant app!


 

4. Argus

This app calls itself a Life Tracker. But it’s such a brilliant way of keeping track of everything you do – it works as a pedometer, it keeps track of how much sleep you get, how much water you drink and contains a movement tracker to keep track of all your activities. It has a food diary, food tracker, calorie counter, and you can track all your health progress on a graph.

It’s available for $1.99

This video is also hilarious!


 

5. 7-Minute Workout (High Intensity Training)

For everyone with a busy schedule struggling to fit in exercise. This app is based on the “Scientific 7 Minute Workout” originally published in ACSM’s Health and Fitness Journal, but has been improved by expert trainers at the company who developed the app, Lolo. The brilliant thing about this app is that you don’t need to be in a gym to make the most of your 7 minutes of intense exercise. They have a lot of tailor made workouts using body weight instead of weights.

It’s also only $1.99


 

We hope you enjoy reading about, and watching the videos on these apps – if you think it’s been helpful, please share this post.

Happy training! All the best!

February 27, 2014

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